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Counting songs and rhymes for kindergarten, primary school and WSL young learners

Counting songs and rhymes are fantastic teaching resources not only for children who learn to count in their own language, but also for ESL kids. Repeating the songs and rhymes over and over again students build their confidence in counting.

by Anna Sawa
Revising vocabulary - techniques for ELT students
Teaching ESL students, apart from presenting and practicing new vocabulary, it is vital to revise it. The best way to commit new words and expressions to long-term memory is coming frequently back to well-known material. For instance, ESL teacher can introduce word games or the learners can read or listen again the texts have been studied before.
There are several useful and enjoyable revision techniques worth presenting here.

by Anna Sawa

A vital goal of teaching a foreign language is developing students' communication skills. They should be improved gradually among ESL students in primary school. Communication activities need to be adjusted to children’s age and stage of their development. In this post you can find some methodes and techniques how to improve foreign language skills in a child-friendly way.

Teaching Vocabulary to ESL Children
by Anna Sawa
Teach vocabulary to ESL kids
Teaching some new  vocabulary to children you have to be sure that they will be able to use them properly. At first new items need to be introduced. Then it is  necessary to give ESL children lots of possibilities to practise vocabulary. And finally, do not forget about consolidation of the  knowledge by frequent revision.

by Anna Sawa
Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners in ESL classroom
Every student in EFL classroom learns in a  unique way. Learning style means that different people receive and  process information differently. The basic types of learning are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. However, every student may have a combination  of learning styles and strategies or only one dominant way of foreign  language assimilation.

The Main Setbacks of Content and Language Integrated Learning
by Luis PW
Content and Language Integrated Learning

Content and language integrated learning, more commonly known as CLIL, is a term coined in 1994 and originally defined as a set of educational methods which aim at teaching a subject in a foreign language, thus bearing a dual focus: learning the contents of a subject and a foreign language, simultaneously. Since then, many authors have strived to further define what CLIL means, as well as to gain further insight into what it implies.

by Anna Sawa
Memorizing English vocabulary
Every new word or fixed expression that is  taught in a foreign language should be followed by lots of practice. Presentation new English vocabulary should be supported by additional techniques to practice and memorise new material. In another case ESL  kids can know vocabulary but they will experience difficulty in bringing  to mind the right expression or using it in context. Here are presented some useful techniques to remember and consolidate new English  vocabulary that you teach.

Spelling Activities for Primary School and ESL Students
by Catherine Mary

A fundamental skill in learning, understanding, and speaking English is  spelling. When students know how to spell words, they have a stronger  grasp on how to pronounce, read, and write words. This is crucial for their English development. For both ESL students and pupils in primary school, it is essential to give the skill of spelling a strong  foundation.

by Anna Sawa
play and games for childrenChildren learn a foreign language through play and games. Active learning presuposses a lot of advantages, however teachers can meet some problems. What take into consideration to make sure your students get all the profits?

by Anna Sawa
cognitive development of children in kinergarden
According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development children aged 3-6 years old are in preoperational stage of their lifespan. During this period logical thinking and solving problem skills  begin to form. Preschoolers are egocentric – their abilities to see  someone else’s point of view are limited.

by Anna Sawa
Tips for teaching young learners a second language

To teach young learners a second language in an effective way you should  take into consideration their developmental characteristics and how children assimilate a foreign language.

by Anna Sawa
TPR Method

TPR is a language teaching method created by James Asher in 60’s that use physical movement to react to verbal teacher’s commands. It is one of the variety ways of teaching young learners, because children naturally delight in movement. TPR method requires instant reactions to the language without thinking too much, what reduce students’ stress and a language barrier.

by Anna Sawa
Teaching materials

Teaching resources support teachers and make their lessons more attractive. Good  teaching materials and a head full of ideas is the way to create a  successful lesson for young learners. Here are presented the most common  resources that are used in a process of teaching English as a foreign  language.

by Anna Sawa
Using storybooks
Children love listening to stories. It is a natural way for them to assimilate a language. For this reason, teachers use storytelling as a perfect introduction to the foreign language in a familiar context.

by Anna Sawa
5 steps to be successful english teacher in a kindergarten
Unique needs and development potential of preschool-age children demand creative attitude towards organisation of learning environment. That is why well-qualified teachers are needed who are able to understand differences in teaching children and adults.

by Anna Sawa
How children assimilate a foreign language
It is believed that children can start learning a foreign language as early as possible even if they cannot speak their mother tongue. It is crucial to organise optimal conditions to learn the language naturally in the same way as the first language.

by Anna Sawa
Pronunciation practise

To avoid misunderstanding the learners have to differentiate between English sounds. That is why activities to practice sound pronunciation, word stress and intonation are crucial for the learning process.

by Anna Sawa
Theory of Howard Gardner
Teachers, who would like to organize a great lesson involving all students, have to take into consideration that everyone learns in different way. Howard Gardner lists eight types of intelligence which have direct influence on people's learning style. According to Gardner all individuals possess all eight intelligences in varying amounts.

by Anna Sawa
Grammar structures
Before presenting new grammar material, a teacher should decide which structure or its part will be taught. It is also important to know which usage is necessary for the learners. Besides, it should be introduced with the use of well-known vocabulary, because the grammar rule must be the only difficulty.

by John F.
Vocabulary practise
Presentation new lexical items should be supported by additional techniques to practice and memorise new material, such as: drawings, forming shapes, associations, imitation.

by Anna Sawa
Teaching tips, methodology of teaching

New vocabulary should be presented in a well-known context - a new word has to be the only difficulty. A teacher can also show a picture, a gesture or an object that help students to understand the meaning of a new item.

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